Derek Jeter ended his comments during Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium in simple and perfect Derek Jeter style: "We got a game to play."
Yes, they do, against the Kansas City Royals.
But even this game was made to wait for Derek Jeter Day. The start time was pushed back to 1:35 p.m. to give the Yankees more time to honor their shortstop of the past 20 years on Sunday at the Stadium as Jeter nears the end of his career.
"In my opinion, I've had the greatest job in the world," Jeter said. "I had a chance to be shortstop of the New York Yankees. And there's only one of those."
The team captain was showered in praise and gifts, including a 10-day trip across the Tuscany region of Italy, a $222,222.22 donation to his Turn 2 Foundation, a specially designed Derek Jeter Waterford crystal, a collection of his All-Star Game patches and a new massage machine from trainer Steve Donahue. On-field emcee Michael Kay said Jeter had been telling people that when the season ends, he planned on taking that massage machine with him.
"It's kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons have gone by so quickly," Jeter said.
He then thanked the Steinbrenner family and "Mr. George Steinbrenner" specifically "for giving me the opportunity to play for the only organization I ever wanted to play for."
Jeter also thanked his family and friends and teammates past and present. He ended his list of thank-yous with the thousands of Yankees fans who have watched him play since he came up in 1995.
"I want to thank you for making me feel like a kid the last 20 years," Jeter said.
The Yankees did not retire Jeter's No. 2 jersey during the ceremony.
Former teammates and managers in attendance included Joe Torre, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Paul O'Neill, Mariano Rivera, Hideki Matsui, Gerald Williams, David Cone and Tim Raines. Former trainer Gene Monahan also was in attendance as were Michael Jordan, Harold Reynolds, Dave Winfield and Cal Ripken.